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Rage Against the Coffee Machine: 5 Homebrew Techniques to Master

How to jump on the plug-free brewing bandwagon at home
Aficionados call it coffee's "third wave." Bostonians might call it the backlash against Dunkies.
By STEVE HOLT  |  October 19, 2012

5 secrets for making non-drip coffee at home

Cabell Tice, head barista at Thinking Cup, tells all.
By STEVE HOLT AND BRADEN CHANG  |  October 18, 2012

On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

DIY dessert in Davis Square
Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 10, 2012

Purists push coffee to its limits

Obsession with perfection
Everyone knows that geeks are ruining our culture and economy.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 05, 2012

Creating an all-local restaurant (mostly)

Pushing the proximity limit
It has become almost second nature for area restaurants to use local ingredients and to establish working relationships with nearby farmers and fishermen.
By AMY ANDERSON  |  June 21, 2012

Photos: Boston baristas hit up Northeast Regional Barista Competiton

Northeast Regional Barista Competition | Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, 2012
Boston baristas Daria Whalen and Wolfie Barn competed in the Northeast Regional Barista Competition, Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, 2012.
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  February 28, 2012

On the Cheap: Green T Coffee Shop

Minimalism done right
With only six items on the menu and four tables to sit at, Mission Hill's new Green T Coffee Shop could best be described as minimalist.
By JASMINE LYWEN-DILL  |  February 29, 2012

Marcy's new owners step up, but not overly far

Preserving a treasure
Inheritance is the problem of the modern age.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 22, 2012
Portlandia TV

May you and Portlandia be very happy together!

O! Lucky you!
Thanks to Portlandia I now know way too much about you guys and your grody inner lives. It's not the show itself — it doesn't have that power. It's your horrifying enthusiasm for the show that has granted me this mirror.
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  February 15, 2012

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What company are you from?

Confused by the "Occupy" movement, whether "Occupy Wall Street" or "Occupy Maine" or "Occupy the one-person bathroom in the coffee place" or whatever else?
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 09, 2011

Review: Thinking Cup Coffee Bar

Toning down technology and one-upping fair trade
This past December, Thinking Cup Coffee Bar opened downtown, serving up strong brew in an atmosphere that fosters low-tech creativity.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 31, 2011

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Jaho Coffee and Tea brings Slow-Life to South End

Review: Jaho Coffee & Tea

A slow-life beverage chem lab opens in the South End
Jaho is dedicated to slow living and slow brewing, but the haughty morning attitude of Boston commuters rushing for a cup may challenge this shop's efforts to make caffeine consumption relaxing.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 15, 2011

Facebook group becomes an organizing force

Maine's majority
When Governor Paul LePage returned to the Blaine House after his Jamaican vacation on Monday, he got a special welcome-home gift: an oversized card, signed by 1300 of his constituents (plus some balloons and Jamaican Me Crazy coffee!).
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 14, 2011

Review: Upstairs at the Public Market House

Gustatory altitude
Everybody likes a scrappy tale of redemption. So when a scrappy redemption actually succeeds, it is especially gratifying. Perhaps that explains why it is so pleasant to sit upstairs at the Public Market House.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 19, 2011

Savin Scoop

Can this ice-cream parlor scoop out a place for itself?
Savin Hill brings its own nice splash of character to Dorchester, but until November, if you wanted to sit and relax with an iced coffee with cream or a coffee ice cream, you were out of luck.
By D. BARKER  |  December 15, 2010

Beer: It's what's for breakfast

Good morning!
Breakfast beers aren't for everyone. People will think you have a problem. But we aren't talking about a hair-of-the-dog here — we're drinking beer because it goes great with breakfast!
By JOSH SMITH  |  December 01, 2010

Mohr and McPherson Café

Good coffee, snacks, and an escape from the isolation of your lonely home office
A recent New York Times article outlined how some café owners, tired of laptop-banging customers who linger for free Wi-Fi, are pulling the plug on Internet access.
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 01, 2010

Review: Village Heart Bakery Café

A truly Continental breakfast, and much more
It's a straightforward principle but the Village Hearth Bakery Café has perfected it: keep things simple and the quality will shine through.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 31, 2010

Always hot or cold

By KARL STEVENS  |  August 11, 2010

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The Spot Café

To spot the great diner, check out the bread
Your typical cheap-eats reviewer spends a lot of time in diners: they're America's original inexpensive quick-service restaurants, and most are a step up from modern fast-food franchises.
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 03, 2010

Cafe 57 and Grille

Fresh flavors and super-friendly service in an indie neighborhood restaurant
I've always felt a little sorry for Brighton; it's a lovely residential neighborhood, but seems short on decent places for a quick bite.
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 20, 2010


The meteoric rise and startling fall of Starbucks is emblematic of the contemporary American dream — just ask the history professor who's been to 425 branches
In 50 states and 49 countries, the experience is the same: a placid sense of place, air suffused with the rich aromatics of fresh-brewed espresso. Customers dollop cream and sprinkle brown sugar into their drinks. Behind the counter, green-clad baristas grind beans and steam milk, smiling as they take orders in a made-up language.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009

Triple shot

Visiting three new Portland cafés
As a sign of difficult economic times, a turnover in cafés is a noisy indicator but a significant one.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 04, 2009

Living Colour, Michael Madsen, and Rhody's new media

Rhode Island has seen its share of media strife in recent years.
The travails of the Providence Journal are the stuff of coffee house and talk radio chatter. And the troubles afflicting the local newscast fill the pages of this week's Phoenix .
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2009

Scup's in the Harbor

How refreshing: a waterfront joint that's actually quite good
Scouting out great cheap restaurants takes me down some strange byways, but I almost never make it to Boston's waterfront. Most places with water views tend to be overpriced or mediocre. Perhaps it's the high cost of picturesque real estate, or that owners count on the scenery to mask their shortcomings.
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 24, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: May 1, 2009

Loving Maine
Is Rick Wormwood an inbred Maineiac as some would speculate?

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